Booming E-cigarette industry raises questions on safety, regulation

E-cigarette ‘vapers’ using them to quit smoking

“It’s not that I want to be as good as a cigarette. I’d like to be better than a cigarette,” he said. E-cigarettes have existed for nearly a decade but the industry has rapidly expanded within the last year. In 2011, sales of e-cigs came close to $300 million. In And Gun Ads 2012, sales had more than doubled, to $600 million, according to a June, 2013 report from Wells Fargo SecuritiesAnalysts say this year, sales will likely triple to over $1 billion. 300 million in 2011, 600 million in 2012 And while traditional cigarette manufacturers will rake in approximately $80 billion this year, NJOY’s Weiss says, he’s confident “the good guys,” — in his mind, e-cigarette makers — will ultimately come out on top.
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E-cigarette study hints at quit-aid potential

Where did the story come from? The study was a cross-sectional survey carried out by researchers from the University of East London and was published in the peer-reviewed medical journal Addiction. The study received no sources of financial support. The Metros headline that Electronic cigarettes help nine out of ten smokers quit tobacco completely appears to have been wrongly interpreted from the results of the survey. While 91% of respondents said that use of the e-cigarette had substantially decreased their craving for tobacco, a reduction in craving, while helpful, does not necessarily mean a person has successfully stopped smoking. The Metro also failed to highlight the inherent limitation of the study (which the researchers flagged up in their conclusion).
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E-cigarettes were first introduced in China in 2004. The battery-powered devices let users inhale nicotine-infused vapors, which don’t contain the harmful tar and carbon monoxide in tobacco smoke. While past studies have looked at the use of e-cigarettes, the new study is the first to follow hundreds of smokers for an entire year. It did not, however, compare the devices to traditional nicotine replacement therapies, such as gum or patches.
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